Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Faith in music

Sitting on the 5th floor of the library, next to a big window, on an ITS-managed computer, I am very distracted by The Dresden Dolls singing through my Skull Candy headphones about backstabbing, and the beautiful scenery beyond the little rocky roof next to the window. I am supposed to be finishing an annotated bibliography up here, and in fact, I need to be finding some books as well as finishing the annotation for two articles, but I am so content to sit here, full of hot chocolate and music, and just think about anything not class related.

It's gorgeous out today. The sky is a mix of distinct gray and white clouds downtown and on the other side of Worcester, with blue sky taking over from the south (this is a guess). The light is just perfect from this side of the library, and it was perfect trench coat weather this morning.

I love the pumpkins in October. There is pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING and I love it. Why can't October be longer? 31 days is not enough, give February one more and give October 32 days. February is not exciting anyway. October has PUMPKINS. Pumpkin flavored chai, latte, chai lattes, beer, cake, muffins, cupcakes, frosting, condoms (probably not)... I love it. I found the perfect pumpkin ale: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. My friend says it's too pumpkiny but I think it's perfect. Harvest Moon's wasn't pumpkiny enough, Post Road Pumpkin Ale was okay, but this is just heaven, it has the spices just right. I wish I'd taken some from home, i don't think my family will like them, but at least they'll be waiting for me whenever I get home in November.

This month has been good to me. I've been adventurous and met someone new/hung out with them for an entire afternoon, and they were cool and I'd like to do that again. I've pretty much kept up with my school work except for this week, and I'm balancing work/school-work okay, though it would still be easier without work-work. I'm healthy now too! Only thing is I'm neglecting a bunch of friends because I don't have quite enough time to venture out more to see them, and neither do they =\

I do miss the thirsty Thursdays of summer. Those were some very good times.

This is one of those lovely moments where I am sitting by myself and smiling like a fool with nobody to see, but I'm happy that way.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Another review of sorts, but mostly ramblings

A show and a concert are different things and different experiences. KMFDM was a concert, people stood and listened, there was a moshpit, but mostly, it was not an interactive experience. One could argue that listening to music in itself is an interactive experience, but it's not enough for me, at least. The Dear and the Headlights show, on the otherhand, was a show, and I greatly enjoyed it. Not saying I didn't enjoy the KMFDM concert, it just isn't what I go for. Oh, I also went to see The Fall of Troy at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT, Sept. 19th, but that show is too far removed from my mind to comment on now. It was fun, but the barricade separating under-21s from over-21s was pretty fucking stupid and resulted in Joe and I getting stuck on the boring side.

9/24/2009, Middle East Upstairs, Cambridge MA
Dear and the Headlights was touring with Kinch and Rajiv Patel. There was an opening band (Baker?) that said they were nameless and this was their last show. The music was sort of...indie surf rock, and it was pretty fun, though to me, not very original. I couldn't tell you where I've heard it before, but it sounded like things I've heard before. Rajiv Patel was a man with his guitar, and oh, he did some wondrous things. Check out his Myspace page if you'd like. He had one man with him on the drums, but the first song he played was him with the guitar, sitting at a bass drum, one foot on the pedal, and the other on a tamborine. I was blown away, and greatly regret not buying his 2 cds for $5. Kinch was also lots of fun, I guess they're...indie pop? They also have a website and you can download their music for free, so check it out! I really like the song John Adams and Carolina Cannonball. Very catchy, very fun to see rocking out on stage.

And then there's D&tH. I only started listening to them very recently, this summer, but I really like the music. Even though they don't always make sense to me, the lyrics are so beautifully crafted with the music, and I am seriously in love with it. One of the songs that speaks to me is "It's Getting Easy", which seems to be about the inner struggle that one often encounters when taking drugs for ones own "well-being". Maybe it's a metaphor, but plain and simple, I can relate to it. I also love "Parallel Lines", it's such a sweet melody, and I hope that I can relate to this one someday.. D&tH has some music on their Myspace page and not much on their official website, but I hope they'll come to New England sometime next year again. All the bands mentioned in this blog entry are from the Southwest, unfortunately for us.


On a somewhat related note, I have a radio show! Kind of. Clark has it's own online-radio, it used to be on the real airwaves, but people had sex on the air or something, so that doesn't happen anymore. Visit www.clarku.edu/students/rocu to see the schedule and figure out how to listen in advance. My show is Wednesdays 10pm-11pm, it's called "That Show" (look it up on the Schedule page to read my bio and see a silly picture). I have nothing interesting planned for this week, so you might hear me talk a lot, but we'll see. This largely depends on how much homework I haven't done!